Tag Archives: healthy

Chocolate Makes You Healthier!

18 Jun

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A new study reveals that people who eat chocolate have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. It also proves that the more chocolate, the better. The group who consumed more chocolate, were the ones found to have a lower risk.

You can add cacao nibs to smoothies or eat dark chocolate. That way you stay away from sugar and other processed unhealthy ingredients.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Did You Know? About Plants and Cancer

10 Jun

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Did you know that 40 plant-based compounds can activate genes and slow the spread of cancer? New research in the Journal of Cancer and Metastases reviews shows that diet might be better medicine that previously thought…

So, “you are what you eat,” may be more true than you would think.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Mindful Eating

24 Apr

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Mindful eating means being present while eating. Eating without distractions.

A recent study in the UK demonstrates that people who were distracted while eating consumed more calories than those who were not.

Try eating while sitting down, turn TV and all electronic devices OFF and concentrate on eating, the flavors, the texture of the food, chewing and how much you are enjoying your healthy meal.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

The Famous Lentil Salad

13 Jul

Hello everyone! The famous lentil recipe is here!

Just remember the most important part of the recipe is to chop all the ingredients into tiny pieces (except for the asparagus). Here it goes…

Serves 4

2 cups cooked black beluga lentils

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 tomato (remove seeds) chopped

1 stalk celery chopped

1/2 seedless cucumber chopped

1/4 cup chives chopped

10 mint leaves chopped

1 steamed maitake mushroom chopped

5 steamed asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces

1/4 cup scallions finely cut

10 lemons

1 bunch cilantro

Sea salt and pepper

In a large bowl mix lentils, quinoa and vegetables, except for the scallions. Squeeze the juice from the 10 lemons into a blender and add the cilantro, salt and pepper. Blend on high until smooth. Transfer to a cooking pot, cover and boil for 10 minutes. Wait until cooled and add to the lentils. Add the scallions at the end.

You will love this healthy and delicious lentil recipe, let me know what you think!

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Banana

14 May

Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium, they are creamy, delicious and low in fat. A good source of B2, B6, C, folic acid, calcium, iodine, magnesium, copper and zinc.

Bananas are high in fiber and protective against high blood pressure, high in tryptophan, which encourages relaxation and protective against stomach ulcers.

My Parent’s Banana Oatmeal Muffins Recipe 

2 bananas mashed

1 1/4 cup oats

1/2 cup hot water

1/2 cup blueberries

8 walnuts chopped

cinnamon

Preheat oven to 395ºF (202ºC) and lightly grease muffin pan with olive or coconut oil.

With a wooden spoon mix oats, bananas, walnuts, cinnamon and water in a bowl, then add blueberries.

Fill the muffin cups with the mixture and bake for 30 minutes.

These are the healthiest muffins ever!

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Avocado

21 Feb

Avocados (from the Aztec “ahuacatl”) are native to Central and South America. They are highly nutritious rich in vitamins B, C, E, K, folate, potassium, iron, biotin, zinc and also contain powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients.

They are smooth and delicious, high in healthy monounsaturated fat. These healthy fats help lower cholesterol and triglycerides and increase HDL.

Avocados help maintain a healthy vision, boost the immune system, help lower high blood pressure, maintain healthy skin, hair, nerves and bone marrow, inhibit the growth of cancer cells, have anti-inflammatory properties and help people lose weight.

You can add avocado to almost any dish. I love them in salads!

Mexican Guacamole

(Serves 4)

3 avocados, peeled, mashed

1 tomato, diced

3 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 lemon juice (it prevents avocados turning brown)

1 green chili pepper, chopped

2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

Salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients and enjoy!

Remember… Eat healthy, be happy!

Food of the Week: Fennel

25 Jan

 

Fennel (Hinojo in spanish) is a vegetable packed with disease preventing antioxidants. It can be eaten raw or cooked (I like it better raw) and it has the texture of celery but with a sweet anise flavor.

It is very soothing to the digestive system and it is also diuretic. It contains powerful phytochemicals that strengthen blood vessels, improve circulation and reduce heart disease. Fennel is rich in vitamins B, C, E and K, beta-carotene, folate, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and fiber.

Fennel Arugula Salad

(Serves 4)

  • 6 cups arugula
  • 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced fennel
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (organic, unfiltered, first cold pressed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (I love to use fig or raspberry balsamic vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

In a bowl toss fennel with 1 tablespoon olive oil and salt. In another bowl mix the rest of the ingredients together, except for the pomegranate seeds. Divide the greens on to 4 plates, top with fennel and pomegranate seeds, enjoy.